unusual deathJoe Segen2016-12-28T07:20:04+00:00
Definition Death caused by highly anomalous, usually external, activities or circumstances.
Unusual deaths are the polar opposite of dying peacefully in one’s sleep. The wiki entry is great fun. To whet the appetite, here are a few. You can’t make them up
Unusual death over the years
620 BC Draco, Athenian law-maker, smothered to death by gifts of cloaks
162 BC Eleazar Maccabeus, crushed to death by a war elephant that fell on top of him after he speared it from underneath
53 BC Marcus Licinius Crassus, forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, a symbol of his greed
882 AD Louis III of France, was chasing a woman on his horse. She entered the castle with him in hot pursuit; he forgot to dismount, banged his head on the doorway lintel, and died.
1410 Martin I of Aragon died from uncontrollable laughter
1478 George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence; executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine
Oh Death! Where is thy sting?
1514 György Dózsa, Hungarian peasants’ leader; condemned to sit on a red-hot iron throne, iron crown on his head and iron sceptre in his hand (mocking at his ambition to be king), by Transylvanian landed nobility. While he was still alive, he was set upon and his partially roasted body was eaten by six of his fellow rebels, who had been starved for a week beforehand. Ouch!
1649 Sir Arthur Aston, Royalist commander during the Siege of Drogheda; beaten to death with his own wooden leg
1771 Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died after a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert
1814 London beer flood, 9 people drowned when 323,000 gallons of beer burst out of their vats
1919 Boston, 21 people drowned when tanks of molasses exploded
1942 32 men died when the British cruiser HMS Trinidad accidentally torpedoed herself
1971 JI Rodale, father of organic farming, died of a heart attack while taping The Dick Cavett Show